Mark Simon, Republican and right-hand Jimmy Lai, owner of Apple Daily is back in the limelight after he was seen accompanying his boss in several important recent meetings with US government officials and recently with Christian Whiton, a US national security expert at dinner at Central.
Graduated from East Carolina University; National Defense Intelligence College; Georgetown University, his career spans a variety of industries. He began his early days as a US Navy Analyst between 1987-1991, Sea-Land Service, manager; 1994-95, K-Line Shipping, global account manager; Trans-Pacific Lines, chief operating officer before joining Jimmy Lai in 2000 as a senior executive. He was introduced to Jimmy by conservative writer Bill McGurn who later also became George Bush’s main speech writer.
Mark Simon’s father was a CIA agent in the United States for 35 years and he was interned with them before spending 4 years with naval intelligence. Many Chinese state media agencies have branded him a former spy and ‘backstage person’ for Jimmy. Simon handles private equity investment, property and hotel investment for Jimmy’s family and he is also responsible for Next Media’s advertising and sales strategy. In addition, Simon is a confidant of Jimmy when he takes care of personal matters for his wife.